27 July 2015

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ACTOR Samuel Johnson visited McClelland College last week to spread the Love Your Sister charity The actor co-founded Love Your Sister with his sister, Connie, who has battled cancer since age 11 and is aiming to raise $10 million to help fund breast cancer research. Pictured with Samuel Johnson, centre, are Karabo Tlokotsi, left, Jordan Cooksley, Brooke Elverd and Michelle Besanko. See story Page 5. Picture: Gary Sissons

‘Struggle town’ alarm Neil Walker neil@baysidenews.com.au ALARMING evidence gathered in a report about the most disadvantaged areas across Australia has found “disadvantage is entrenched” in Frankston North. The Dropping off the Edge 2015 report by advocacy groups Jesuit Social Services and Catholic Social Services

Australia listed Frankston North among three percent of postcodes, named “struggle towns”, across Victoria to be the most disadvantaged. Major factors in disadvantaged areas are unemployment, criminal convictions, disability, low education and child maltreatment, family violence and psychiatric admissions. Frankston North itself was the fourth most disadvantaged suburb in the state

for child maltreatment and schooling readiness. The area was ranked second for psychiatric admissions, fifth for long-term unemployment and eighth for prison admissions compared to other towns across Victoria. Jesuit Social Services CEO Julie Edwards says the Dropping off the Edge report findings show current policies are not working for the most disadvantaged communities.

The suburb of Frankston, excluding Frankston North, is nowhere near the top of Australia’s most disadvantaged suburbs identified in the report starkly illustrating the “cycle of disadvantage” faced in Frankston North. “This report identifies where the system is failing individuals and communities, and outlined how residents in these communities aren’t just dealing with one form of disadvantage but

multiple and complex barriers to individual wellbeing and community participation,” Ms Edwards said. The authors of the report have called on the federal government to establish a Centre for Community Strengthening and Program Evaluation “to identify and assist Australian communities with high social needs and concentrated disadvantage”. Continued Page 8







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